The judge who released the migrant responsible for killing Italian man Stefano Leo has publicly apologised to the victims family.
Judge Edmondo Barelli Innocenti, who is the president of the Court of Appeal in Turin, made a public apology to the family of Stefano Leo saying, “As a representative of the state I would like to apologise to the family of Stefano Leo,” but also said, “I do not agree to say that the Court of Appeal is jointly responsible for the murder. We did what we had to do.”
This so called apology, came after it was revealed that the murderer Said Mechaquat had previously been sentenced in June 2016 to one year and six months imprisonment for aggravated assault on an ex-girlfriend.
The judge in control of the case at the time had passed a custodial sentence and denied him a suspended sentence with refernce to previous convictions. Although this had been the case, the Court of appeal later made the ruling that Said Mechaquat would be set free and no longer have to serve his sentence behind bars.
The judge also added “There was a problem. I can apologise, but there is no certainty that Said Mechaquat could still be imprisoned on February 23rd,”.
A formal investigation has been launched by the Italian Ministry of Justice to determine whether a judicial error was made. Many feel that it is pretty clear from the murderer’s subsequent actions of taking the innocent life of Stefano Leo since being freed that a major judicial error was made.
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